Happy Dogs Unleashed

We are group of neighbors/citizens interested in creating an off leash dog park! We think Harrisonburg Virginia is due for a dog park for a number of reasons so we decided to work together to make it happen. We want you to be involved too, so please contact us if you want to help or be involved, even in a small way. We have talked with the city, and many others around town.

Mission Statement

To create a fenced-in, off leash dog park where well behaved canine citizens can exercise in a clean, safe environment without endangering or annoying people, property, or wildlife.

To develop a beautiful, eco-friendly and well maintained space, using recycled materials whenever possible, open to dog lovers and friends who are willing to uphold the park’s rules and regulations.

To view the park as a community project intended to be a multi-generational park, open to all, in partnership with the City of Harrisonburg.

To promote education, training and recreational activities that facilitate responsible and well behaved dogs through the use of volunteers and with the support of the community.

Tee Shirts

Happy Dogs Unleashed tee shirts are available for purchase at our monthly meeting.


Canine Park Moving Along In Friendly City - Article appeared in the Daily News Record on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Check out the dog park shelter currently under construction at the dog park site! Many thanks to Nielsen Builders, the City Parks and Rec Department, Valley Building Supply, Superior Concrete, A & J Excavating, Contracting Unlimited, and Engineering Solutions -- all instrumental in getting this done! Next up ... the fence! Woof!

  • Holes for the Shelter were dug.
  • Posts are in place.
  • Concrete is coming.
  • Hauling stone.
  • Construction on the shelter.

If you haven't seen the most recent update on the park given by Parks and Recreation Director, Lee Forester, you'll want to check out the City Council meeting from October 8 (http://harrisonburg-va.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=4&clip_id=143). See item Number 6. What a nice update and encouraging news on the park!

We would like to renew our presence to City Council. Please send a positive dog park promoting comment to a City Council member. Let them know how much you would like to have a dog park in Harrisonburg.

We appreciate your continued interest and desire for a dog park. We are so close to making it a reality. Please spread the word, volunteer, write, donate - every little bit helps. We are thankful for you and the dogs